Postgraduate Module Descriptor


POLM151: Great Power Relations between the United States and China

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Aims

This module aims to provide you with an advanced introduction to the study of US-China relations. You will develop a theoretical toolkit through which to analyse and evaluate the historical evolution of US-China relations and examine key issues facing this great power relationship today, particularly politics, human rights, security, economics and trade. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate substantive knowledge of US-China relations, the context in which it develops as well as the applicability of a range of theoretical positions to case studies;
2. Display in-depth knowledge of the contemporary and historical dimensions of US-China relations.
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Develop analytical understanding of the development of US-China relations as a field of academic knowledge and its applicability to a range of case studies and situations;
4. Exercise informed judgement concerning great power relations.
Personal and Key Skills5. Conduct independent research, exercise critical judgement, write cogently and persuasively;
6. Develop individual and team confidence based on taking personal responsibility for knowledge interpretation and assimilation.